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The Impulse Society: What's Wrong with Getting What We Want

Paul Roberts

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ISBN 10: 1408830469 / ISBN 13: 9781408830468
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2014
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Title: The Impulse Society: What's Wrong with ...

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

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<p>What do soaring debt, endemic narcissism, road rage, political attack ads and killer drones share in common? All are symptoms of a society that moves, reflexively and relentlessly, to exploit the fastest, most efficient means to any end, without regard to cost. This is the 'impulse society' in which we live.</p><p>In every facet of postindustrial society - the way we eat, the way we communicate and entertain, the way we work, the way we court lovers and raise children, educate and govern - technology and affluence has let us reach our goals with a speed and efficiency unimaginable even a generation ago.</p><p>But the result is not all milk, honey, and gold. Companies now reflexively maximise short-term gain at the expense of long-term success. Politicians resort with ever-greater speed to nasty campaign tactics, and can count on their damaging claims to spread before the facts catch up with them. Consumers engage in serial over-indulgence and pursue instant gratification of every whim with speed and greed. The costs of living this way are substantial: financial volatility, health epidemics, environmental exhaustion and political paralysis, to say nothing of a growing, gnawing dissatisfaction.</p><p>In this epoch-defining book, Paul Roberts traces the roots of this problem, damningly revealing how it has permeated society, and cogently argues how it may, perhaps, still be reversed.</p>


I guarantee this will jog your thinking, and perhaps put you on a new path (<i><b>Bill McKibben, author of <i>The End of Nature</i></b></i>)<br /><br />A brilliant feat of analytic journalism (<i><b>Cullen Murphy, <i>Vanity Fair</i></b></i>)<br /><br /><i>The Impulse Society</i> is a feisty read and full of energy . It is hard not to empathise with his yearning for simpler times; when communities were &quot;willing to make sacrifices for a larger social good&quot; (<i><b><i>Financial Times</i></b></i>)<br /><br />A stunning piece of work - perhaps the best single book ever produced about our energy economy and its environmental implications. (<i>The New York Review of Books on The End of Oil</i>)<br /><br />A tour de force . . . an outstandingly clear, lucid and readable book about a highly complex issue that is central to our times (<i>Guardian on the End of Food</i>)

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